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Canada’s Eguana to produce home BESS units in South Australia

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Evolve residential battery

Canadian energy storage firm Eguana Technologies has been approved to take part in a residential batteries scheme in the state of South Australia.

Eguana is to produce its ‘Evolve’ home battery systems in the state as part of the programme— which is backed by AUD100 million (US$72.5m) in subsidies and low interest loans to encourage residential storage.

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Battery system coupled with wind farm to aid research

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

A new lithium-ion battery energy storage facility connected to a wind farm in northern Germany has started operations as part of a research programme.

The BESS, connected to the Curslack wind farm, comprises 24 second life batteries originating from BMW electric vehicles.

The facility provides 720 kilowatts of output and 792 kilowatt-hours of storage capacity and is integrated with five wind turbines to “enable practical research to be conducted into the possibilities for the system integration of renewable energies”.

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Renault to use EV batteries for ‘biggest stationary BESS’

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Renault BESS

The Renault car group has unveiled plans to build “the biggest stationary energy storage system using electric vehicle batteries ever designed in Europe” by 2020.

Renault said the 70-megawatt/60 megawatt-hour system will be installed across three sites in France and Germany— at Renault plants in Douai and Cleon, and at a former coal-fired plant in North Rhine-Westphalia. 

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SK Innovation ‘building first China battery plant’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd

SK Innovation has reportedly started building its first battery cells giga plant in China – with the goal of establishing a production “triangle” encompassing China, Korea and Europe.

The South Korea-based company, whose businesses include oil refining and chemicals, told local media it had started preparing the site for the new factory in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province.

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Hyundai EV batteries to get second life in Wärtsilä ESS deal

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Hyundai EV batteries to get second life in Wärtsilä ESS deal

South Korean car giant Hyundai is making inroads into the global power storage market under a second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries deal with Finnish energy tech firm Wärtsilä.

The companies said their “technology and commercial partnership” would target “advanced energy storage products and platforms that maximise Hyundai’s second-life EV batteries”— selling into Wärtsilä’s existing network of customers across 180 countries.

 

Photo caption: (from left) Javier Cavada, President of Energy Solutions at Wärtsilä, Dr. Youngcho Chi, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Technology Division and Chief Innovation Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, John Jung, President & CEO at Greensmith Energy

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German ‘infrastructure failures could hit batteries’

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
German ‘infrastructure failures could hit batteries’

Germany must tackle infrastructure “failures” that are impeding the take-up of electric vehicles— and risk hitting the development of the EV batteries sector, according to an industry body chief.

The president of the German Federal Association for e-Mobility, Kurt Sigl (pictured), told last week’s Battery Experts Forum in Aschaffenburg progress in developing “e-mobility” in the country was plain “bad”.

 

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Car alliance sees solid-state batteries’ potential

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Car alliance sees solid-state batteries’ potential

International automotive alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has announced is to invest in a US battery materials firm as part of its a venture capital funding programme.

The alliance aims to invest up to $1 billion to support “open innovation” over the next five years. However, the companies declined to give details of its investment in Massachusetts-based Ionic Materials— which is developing a solid polymer electrolyte it says enables improved performance and cost effectiveness of high-energy density batteries for automotive and other applications.

 

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CEC says 1.5million lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride EV batteries to reach End Of Life by 2030

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:14 -- Paul Crompton
CEC says 1.5million lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride EV batteries to reach End Of Life by 2030

Almost 1.5 million electric vehicle batteries will reach end-of-life by 2030, a report by a US environmental organisation warns.

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) report states almost half of those EOL batteries will be lithium-based, with the remainder nickel metal hydride.

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